Aamir Khan’s open letter to all the critics

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Aamir Khan

First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future. Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying.

Secondly, I stand by everything that I have said in my interview.

To all those people who are calling me anti-national, I would like to say that I am proud to be Indian, and I do not need anyone’s permission nor endorsement for that.

To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point.

To all the people who have stood by me, thank you. We have to protect what this beautiful and unique country of ours really stands for. We have to protect its integrity, diversity, inclusiveness, its many languages, its culture, its history, its tolerance, it’s concept of anekantavada, it’s love, sensitivity and its emotional strength.

I would like to end my statement with a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, it’s a prayer really :

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,
Where knowledge is free,
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments,
by narrow domestic walls,
Where words come out from the depth of truth,
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection,
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way,
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,
Where the mind is led forward by thee,
Into ever-widening thought and action,
Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.

Jai Hind.

Aamir Khan.

This letter has been extracted from Aamir Khan’s personal facebook timeline

10 COMMENTS

  1. i stand by amir khan as i believe his statement was absolutely harmless n he has never insulted our nation or any religion …….

  2. Cheers to the actor who has done more for this country, through his art and his talent, than many many souls put together. His show Satyamev Jayate is one of the most revolutionary shows produced on television which has helped highlight innumerable social ills and guided the nation towards the eradication of those ills. It is that show which highlighted problems like waste mismanagement, malpractices in the medical profession, domestic violence, mismanagement of water resources, sexual violence, problems of the elderly and several other issues which impact each and every Indian in our everyday lives. But the shows did much more. They also showed the way forward which created awareness at an unprecented level, led to revolutionary and progressive policy change and action in several parts of the country. His movies, from Pk to 3 idiots and Taare Zameen Par have managed to powerfully and extremely sensitively convey the nuances of evils like commercialisation of religion, problems of dyslexic people, and the serious flaws in our education system – which creates job seekers rather than creative thinkers. He was one of the few actors who boldly took a stand against corruption and supported the India Against Corruption campaign in 2012 – wait – along with the BJP, the RSS, Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and General V.K.Singh – and against the Congress government. I don’t know how we didn’t notice him then or we would’ve sent him to Pakistan then itself – along with his allies the BJP, RSS, Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and General V.K. Singh who were all shouting against corruption.

    But wait. Did you say, he “highlighted problems in the country”. Of course he’s bloody anti-national. Who dare say this country has any problems. I think we should pool in and arrange for a private jet to take him to Pakistan. That’s a country full of problems which he can highlight and happily solve. Superpower India don’t need people talkin’ ’bout social problems mate.

    • Very well captured, Impressive …. Highlighting the problem is problem then that itself proves his point that country has problems.

    • Frankly, his so called bravery and what-not would make sense if he WROTE the damn scripts, and then and the guts to critique the religion of “peace” and show in in Pakistan and go to FATA, SWAT or Afghanistan or better: Raqqah or Mosul!

      This is a liw, and never tell us Satyameva Jayate. You have shown that to be a lie: you can get away with mangling that phrase and still call yourself better than others who do not denigrate their country

  3. We are dodging from the “BASIC” question.
    What has been done to make those ‘bad-news’ (that rouse FEAR) in Newspapers less ‘fearful’? Why are those ‘bad-news’ there in Newspaper at the very first place. If they were always there then why are they ‘increasing’ and becoming more ‘fearful’. –.Yes they are.– Public-servants who should work harder
    to reduce that ‘fear’ are the very reason that this “fear’ is there …. and INCREASING. In 2014 People defeated a monster named “CORRUPTION”. Now we realise that we have made another monster named “COMMUNALISM” even stronger. Think 10-20 months back you could call Congress CORRUPT in open
    daylight and not fear for your life. Today even if you made fun of Modi , your life could be in danger..or atleast your life will become hell…. AND dont even get me started on PK —- even before PK there was another film of Paresh Rawal called OMyGOD. I dont understand howcome a film in which an avatar
    of Lord KRISHNA (played by AkshayKumar) comes and teaches the message of holy “GITA” be ‘anti-hindu’ ??? You say why should Snapdeal pay for bad communication skills of its brand-ambassador.Its also paying for bad-understanding-skills of its customers.Flipkart is smart and preparing for the future…because it will happen – AGAIN…Yes be assured about that. Why should Aamir worry about Syria,Pakistan. He is not Pakistani. He is worried that his beloved nation doesn’t become Pak. Religion ISLAM was #Hijacked because alarm was raised too late. Rational Muslims voice was too low. I am a HINDU…and i ‘fear’ of my religion being #Hijacked by certain zealots/radicals proud to be “kattar-HINDU” extremists. No i wont leave/change my religion but will shout at the top of my Voice.

  4. Totally agree to what Aamir Khan has said…….however would be happy if he stands up for the Kerala Muslim Journalist who has spoken out against sexual exploitation in Madrassas in Kerala…….which is as heinous as the sexual exploitation by Hindu Gurus………he does need to make a movie about barbaric practices of salafi islam……

  5. Aamir-ji

    Only you have intelligence,others are fools. I rest my case.

    You seem to have picked up from where the “only intelligent person” Chidamburum left off…

    Throw away your halo. it is more like toxic a smoke circle from a bidi

  6. Tolerance also means being true and ACCEPTING you will face protests and not calling THOSE protestors INTOLERANT!

    The people crying Intolerance want the freedom of speech only to themselves and stops the other side from this right!

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